A handsome detached Victorian property, situated opposite Windsor Forest
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Forest Lodge is an impressive detached property with handsome whitewashed elevations, set within attractive gardens that enjoy a high seclusion. Situated opposite Windsor Forest (part of the Crown Estate), the house is believed to have started life as a Hunting Lodge, and in the 1990s was occupied by the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly and his wife, Pamela Stephenson.
Internally, the accommodation enjoys a sense of light and space and original features are complemented by well considered modern additions that blend to create a mix of elegance and style.
The ground floor is entered via a capacious reception hall that sets the tone for the house, with its fireplace and oak flooring. The principal reception room, measuring an impressive 32ft) is the drawing room, with a carved marble fireplace and three sets of French doors opening onto the rear terrace and gardens, which welcome plenty of natural light into the room. It is a wonderful space for relaxing and entertaining guests, with a formal dining room conveniently located alongside. There is also a light and airy family room boasting a large roof lantern and enjoying direct access to both the front and rear gardens, and a sizeable study, also with access to the rear terrace. The open-plan kitchen/breakfast area and snug is a fine central focal point of the home, with ample space to relax, dine and cook, all overlooking the splendid rear gardens. The ground floor accommodation is completed by a utility room and a cloakroom.
On the first floor is a generous principal suite comprising a bedroom with a bay window overlooking the rear gardens, a dressing room and a sizeable bathroom featuring a ball and claw footed bath and separate shower. There are four further bedrooms, three with en suite bath/shower facilities, and a Jack and Jill bathroom (en suite to bedroom 2). .
The property is set behind electrically operated wrought-iron security gates that open onto a gravel driveway and turning circle, with ample parking space for residents and guests alike. The rear gardens provide the perfect backdrop to the house and a paved terrace spanning the rear of the house takes full advantage of the setting. Principally laid to lawn, the gardens also contain a variety of mature shrubs and trees to provide visual interest, privacy and seclusion.
Forest Lodge enjoys a semi-rural location, opposite Windsor Forest with its miles of secluded walks and bridal paths, yet is well placed for the motorway network, Heathrow Airport and local shopping facilities. Extensive shopping and leisure facilities are available at Windsor, where there are regular train services to London Waterloo and London Paddington. Rail services to Waterloo are also available from Ascot station where there is ample free parking, and to Paddington from Slough (15 minutes into Paddington), which is due to benefit from Crossrail, the new high-speed service.
Recreational facilities in the region include golf at the nearby Bird Hills Golf Centre, Wentworth, Sunningdale, The Berkshire and Swinley Forest golf clubs; polo at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club and Smith's Lawn; horse racing at Ascot and Windsor; and rowing and boating on Dorney Lake and some stretches of the River Thames. Walking, cycling and riding may be enjoyed in Windsor Great Park.
Schooling is also very well catered for with a superb selection of schools including Lambrook, Charters, Ludgrove, Sunningdale, LVS Ascot, Papplewick and Eton College.
With Strutt & Parkers Ascot office on your left, head along the High Street and at the mini-roundabout, turn left onto Winkfield Road (A330). Follow the road until you reach dual mini-roundabouts where you will continue straight across both to continue on the Winkfield Road (A330). Continue for about 1.3 miles and at the roundabout, take the third exit into Mounts Hill. At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto North Street (B3022), and then turn right onto Drift Road. The entrance to Forest Lodge will be found on the left-hand side after a quarter of a mileRead all
- Spacious reception hall
- 4 Reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room/snug
- Utility room & a cloakroom
- Principal bedroom suite
- 4 Further bedrooms (3 with en suite facilities)
- Jack & Jill bathroom
- Secluded gardens
- Gated parking
- Opposite Windsor Forest
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